Solutions for Concussions, Post-Concussive Syndrome & Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Experts call traumatic brain injury a growing “public health challenge.”
As many as 3.8 million cases of such injury occur annually in the United States.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
can be overwhelming and have what researchers call “a profound impact” on all aspects of a patient’s life, including abilities to think and move during daily functions and activities. The more detailed mechanisms of recovery from such injuries are not well understood. Medical management of the resulting neurological and cognitive symptoms and complications oftentimes proves difficult. That’s because the brain is complex and responds differently to forces applied to it, depending on severity, location and angle of impact. Also, no two people are the same, and patients exposed to similar injuries will respond differently.
About 75 percent of cases of brain trauma are considered mild but they are by no means benign. In fact, authors of a study published in the January issue of JAMA Psychiatry report that as many as one in five individuals who have sustained a mild head injury will develop mental health conditions, such as major depressive disorder, personality changes and behavioral abnormalities.
Signs and Symptoms
Brain injury impairments can be physical, mental and emotional and both short-term and long-lasting. They may appear immediately after the trauma or becoming manifest days – or weeks – later. Among the symptoms of an injured brain are:
Vertigo (dizziness) and issues with balance
Cognitive deficits, such as memory loss, inability to concentrate, confusion, aphasia and other language processing difficulties, such as difficulty with word recall, losing train of thought and problems reading or writing
Heightened sensory systems:
Visual problems: blurred vision, abnormal eye movements, poor eye coordination, light sensitivity and difficulties in judging distance, seeing more in two dimensions rather than three
Hearing issues: increased sensitivity to sound, partial hearing loss, ringing in ears
Smell and taste issues: increased or decreased sensitivity to smells
Physical changes that affect appetite, sleep, body chemistry and other basic functions
Mental alterations, including depression, emotional problems, irritability and decreased ambition/motivation.
Medication, hospitalization, even surgery may be required immediately following a brain trauma depending on severity of injury. A period of rehabilitation also may be needed, although recovery from brain injury can be slow, taking weeks, months and even years. Oftentimes, a patient is simply prescribed rest and monitored for emergence of any neurological issues.
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An Illinois teacher sustained a serious head injury while on a professional development trip. Upon return to Illinois, she went to her physician with complaints of nausea, vertigo, balance issues and difficulties concentrating. She was told to go home and rest; the symptoms would likely subside in four weeks to six weeks. But, they did not subside. Dissatisfied with the response of the medical community, she contacted the Mind-Eye Institute where optometrist, Deborah Zelinsky O.D., conducted a battery of vision and visual processing tests, including her patented Z-Bell Test℠ to evaluate the patient’s ability to synchronize auditory and visual localization ability.
Dr. Zelinsky determined that, as a result of brain trauma, the patient judged size and depth of a target differently with each eye; was unable to have her peripheral vision be functioning on autopilot, losing a target while trying to concentrate on other mental tasks; and experienced difficulties synchronizing perception of space by the eyes and ears.
Working with different types of optometric glasses Dr. Zelinsky over time, was able to mitigate the patient’s symptoms by improving her visual processing capabilities, enhancing peripheral vision and re-integrating visual and auditory processing of surrounding space.
At the Mind-Eye Institute
We understand that interactions between the electrical and biochemical pathways in the brain affect physical, physiological and psychological systems.
Patients undergo thorough examination with advanced technology and testing techniques to measure visual performance and visual processing functions and determine whether the visual processing systems are in balance with other sensory systems that require perception of space and time, such as auditory localization ability. With this information, Institute experts can consider how light might be manipulated to positively impact patient brain function, with the goal of finding optimal ways of mitigating symptoms not improved or resolved through standard approaches.
Specifically, our team offers patients prescriptive eyeglasses, contact lenses or other optometric interventions to selectively stimulate light dispersed on the retina. Individualized lenses can:
Maximize patients’ visual performance and visual processing capabilities to create a stable balance between auditory and visual localization, each of which is used to visualize surrounding space.
Improve patient perception of the surrounding environment in order to modify behavior and enhance communication skills.
Help rebuild brain pathways or develop new pathways that enhance a patient’s ability to learn, understand and interact normally with others.
Help calm the nervous system’s reactions to environmental changes.
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'Dr. Zelinsky Is Renowned'
~ Norman Doidge, M.D. & Clark Elliott, Ph.D., and Patricia S. Lemer praise her accomplishments
"Zelinsky fit Elliott with a series of eyeglasses designed to improve the perceptual damage that made his life so difficult... Getting fitted for Zelinsky's eyeglasses is like no eye appointment you've ever had... Now, Elliott says, he is almost entirely symptom-free, able to problem-solve, multi-task and find his way easily — all abilities he lost in the auto accident in 1999. When he put on his Phase VI glasses he felt something that he hadn't felt for years: "I felt normal."
Review: 'The Ghost in My Brain'
- The Chicago Tribune
"One brilliant Chicago-area optometrist I know, Deborah Zelinsky OD, FNORA, FCOVD, has developed a unique, patented, easy-to-administer evaluation called the Z-Bell Test. This test measures the efficiency of integration between visual processing and listening....A 2014 study at Vendarbilt University found that children with autism do not synchronize their seeing and hearing...I have watched Dr. Zelinsky administer this test to disbelieving coleagues, who were astounded by its accuracy and results...Over the past two decades, the Z-Bell Test has become internationally recognized by the scientific community.”
- Patricia S. Lemer, Licensed Profesional Counselor (LPC)
"I visited Dr. Zelinsky, and she showed me how she can use optical lenses to alter sensory filtering, by directing light to different retinal cells and brain circuits. This can influence activity in the brain and the hypothalamus to better regulate body chemistry, sensory integration, and even some auditory processing. [Dr. Zelinsky] works frequently with patients working with learning and cognitive disorders as well as TBIs."
- Norman Doidge, M.D.